10 Tips to Help Reduce Food Waste

10 Tips to Help Reduce Food Waste

Faith Durand
Jul 20, 2010

Slate Magazine asked their readers how they avoid wasting food. This is always a topic that's of interest to us. While we don't feel guilty about composting one last limp carrot, we do feel sad when we get lazy or plan poorly and let larger amounts of food go to waste.

The 10 tips that Slate rounded up from the readers are quite good; here's a peek!

Some of the tips are pretty familiar (make a shopping list; plan out your meals ahead of time). Others are gentle corrections: Set a budget for the farmers market; don't get carried away by the ramps, leeks, and rhubarb.

Others, however, were pretty brilliant. Our favorite was a suggestion to hit the supermarket salad bar when you need small amounts of vegetables. Instead of buying an entire bag of carrots to make that mirepoix for your stew tonight, buy a precise 8 ounces of chopped carrots at the salad bar. Saves time on chopping, too!

Read more: 10 Tips To Reduce Your Food Waste at Slate Magazine

What are your tried-and-true methods for getting the most out of the food you buy?

Related: Tips and Tricks: How to Avoid Wasting Food

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